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Sounders collect $75,000 in GAM, add two defenders.

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It was a relatively busy MLS SuperDraft day for the Seattle Sounders, even if they only ended up picking two players relatively late.

After announcing that they had signed Dylan Teves to a Homegrown Player contract, the Sounders then proceeded to trade their first-round pick to the New York Red Bulls in exchange for the 43rd overall pick and $75,000 in General Allocation Money. It was also learned that the Sounders had acquired $50,000 in GAM from D.C. United in a trade for Tony Alfaro’s MLS rights, rather than the originally reported second-round pick in this year’s draft.

The Sounders eventually used the 43rd pick on University of Washington centerback Achille Robin, a 24-year-old Frenchman who transferred to the Montlake campus from Bowling Green State in August. Robin started 19 of 21 games at UW after earning two all-MAC first-team honors at Bowling Green.

“I love and think of the world of him as a player,” UW coach Jamie Clark said during a recent interview. “But he’s international … if he was an American he’d be a first-round guy.”

With their other pick in the draft, the Sounders selected Seattle University’s Hal Uderitz. The Snohomish native played mostly as a defensive midfielder in college but likely projects as more of a centerback at the pro level. His younger brother, Beckham, came through the Sounders Academy and his father, Scott, played professionally, including four seasons in MLS with the Kansas City Wizards.

Other players with local ties

It was a banner day for the UW men’s soccer program as there were five Huskies selected in the first two rounds, and that doesn’t even include Teves who most projected as a likely Top 5 pick. Here’s how it went for them:

Ryan Sailor (No. 9, Inter Miami): The UW centerback was all over the place on various draft boards but ended up getting selected by Chris Henderson. With Miami going through a rather massive rebuild, he’ll likely get a chance to win a spot out of training camp.

Kendall Burks (No. 11, Chicago Fire): The Sounders liked the Tacoma native enough that they brought him into training camp over the summer and Wade Webber worked with him for five years at Washington Premier. They would have been thrilled if he fell to them. But, alas, the Fire apparently saw some of the same potential. In any case, he’s currently on trial with the English Championship’s Nottingham Forest and, due to his UK passport, is likely to take his chances in England.

Esai Easley (No. 22, Sporting KC): The Hawaii native and former Sounders Academy player had a solid four-year career at Grand Canyon and is seen as likely centerback at the pro level.

Charlie Ostrem (No. 33, Fire): Seen as a fringey first-round pick, the UW left back ended up going early in the second round. He had racked up 22 assists while earning various all Pac-12 honors in college.

Lucas Meek (No. 37, Inter Miami): The Mercer Island native was slowed by an injury for much of his final season at UW but was still able to make enough of a contribution at the end that Jamie Clark called him “the best player at College Cup.”